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A dolls’ house in disguise

14 April 2014

Have you ever used an unusual setting for your diorama or miniature dolls’ house scene?

Lorraine Robinson of Fairy Meadow Miniatures transformed an old guitar into an elaborately detailed dolls’ house.

You may have seen this one before, but it’s well-worth a reminder because it’s so perfectly done!

Lorraine has her own blog and explains in it how she created it. She fills it with miniatures from The Dolls House Emporium – and if you browse our offers pages you might be able to do the same – and much more cheaply than you think.

After initially “ruining” her guitar, you can see that it was obviously never intended to be a musical instrument and was really a dolls’ house in disguise!

Lorraine is the Dolls House Emporium’s official supplier and contact in Australia and runs her own showroom, shop and collectors’ clubs there. Check out her website for all the details.'s-handbook

Let our dolls' house builders’ merchants feed your creativity!

5 April 2014

The Dolls House Emporium builders’ merchant department is to help you get the most from your creative side – providing the raw materials to make your dolls’ house your own.

Whether you are into mini landscape gardening, or need a few planks of wood, cement, bricks or windows… it’s the place to go to fire your imagination.

We have everything you’ll need to customise a kit. That’s something you’ll find priceless if you’re taking part in this year’s Creative Competition.

It’s time to check the archives on our blog to draw inspiration for your effort this year.  See previous entries and truly inspiring ideas, from vet practices to pubs, garages and brownie huts, the creative competition always brings out the imaginative side!

That’s because we’re offering you a choice of base kit* for your entry this time, with a whole range of favourite houses to choose from.

With so much choice of starting unit, the sky’s the limit and we’re expecting some amazing creativity this year – as always!

Remember – the more imaginative, the better.

You could win £569** of dolls’ house kit.

This year’s competition doesn’t close until midday 30th September 2014.

There's more about this further down the page and online on the website.

Latest dolls' house discounts for springtime!

1 April 2014

Pinch, punch - it's the first of the month! And that means it's time to check out our latest great miniature deals via the website.

Even if you haven't yet received our monthly offers brochure, you can check out the latest discounts right here.

With all the other demands on your time we recommend setting aside a few hours to keep up with your hobby now that spring has finally sprung - it'll keep the artistic side of your brain, and your nimble fingers in tip-top condition, not to mention the therapeutic aspect.

Take a look at our ever changing offers section on the sales pages too.
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Don't forget the NEW Products!
 We're adding NEW items to the website on an almost daily basis, from bare-wood furniture items, to craft glues and stains so we can be your one stop shop for all your mini-hobby needs.

Add a touch of realism to your water features with 'Solid Water' or use the 'Create and Shape' for your 1:12th scale garden!

Come back regularly to see the newest additions to your favourite miniature website!

STOP PRESS: Two more items have come down in cost as we continue to price-match competitors, so why not add them to your next order? Items 5048 tacky wax and 2038 Victorian Stove with Hotplates are in stock right now!

Fairbanks dolls' house - Austrian-style!

5 December 2013

Here at Dolls' House HQ we've kindly been sent some images of Fairbanks dressed in Austrian style!

This one has been specially converted by Christine Hofbauer to introduce an attic and two roof terraces in traditional style.

She says: "Because of this and because of the changing facade I created a very beautiful and big Austria-version."

Thank you Christine for allowing us to share your project from Vienna!

Fairbanks from The Dolls House Emporium

Fairbanks from The Dolls House Emporium

Fairbanks from The Dolls House Emporium

Fairbanks from The Dolls House Emporium

Fairbanks from The Dolls House Emporium

Fairbanks from The Dolls House Emporium

Miniature inspiration from a weekend away!

4 December 2013

Shelley Hemsley found inspiration in an unexpected place for her entry to the 2013 Creative Competition.

If you remember, this used The Cabin, our first small build with a wall-mounting option.

Here’s the result of her endeavours – scroll down to see how she got the idea!
Gypsy caravan made from The Cabin dolls' house
Gypsy caravan made from The Cabin dolls' house

Gypsy caravan made from The Cabin dolls' houseShelley, from Nottingham, says: “I bought the cabin kit to enter the creative competition and to be honest I was completely lost for an idea for a few weeks until my partner and I went away for an adventure filled weekend to Worcester.

“On the Saturday night we went out for a meal and whilst driving down the main road we saw three tied up horses on the side of the road, we thought it was a little odd but kept going.

“On our way back we saw two old fashioned gypsy caravans. There it was - my eureka moment, the gypsy caravan idea began.

“Creative juices began to flow and then to confirm it was fate, we were in a tearoom queuing to pay looking at greetings cards and the one that caught my eye was the one with two gypsy caravans at a camp.

“After returning home I realised I would have to alter the kit a lot but guess that’s the whole idea! So I got stuck in and apart from the horse brasses everything has been made, drawn and painted by myself…  I have a new love for tacky glue!!

“A few of my favourite and most challenging parts of the caravan are the undercarriage and the roof.

“My beloved jigsaw and chisel work paid dividends on the undercarriage and my immense patience came in handy on the roof.

“With the rest of the project I have thoroughly enjoyed working out how to make the parts and seeing the finished article and most days I have ended up impressing myself.”

The Cabin dolls' house

The Cabin dolls' house

The Cabin dolls' house

The Cabin dolls' house

The Cabin dolls' house
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